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Campaign to re-open Mount Merrion car park gains momentum

The local TD for Mount Merrion, Peter Mathews,  and the local Mount Merrion Councillor, Barry Saul, today met with the Receiver for the site of Flanagan’s furniture showrooms and welcomed the progress made on re-opening the car park.

Flanagan’s furniture showrooms at Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion went into receivership early this year. It remains unsold with a guide price of €3 million. Recently, the Receiver shut the adjoining car park. The car park closure is causing great difficulty to the customers of the local shops in Mount Merrion and is greatly concerning the traders. The car park can accommodate approximately 40 cars.
Speaking after a meeting with the Receiver, RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, Peter Mathews said
“The Receiver explained that their insurers requested that they close the car park due to fears about public liability. As a result of our meeting, the Receiver has contacted the insurers to explain the difficulties that this is causing to the local businesses and their customers. The insurers have now agreed to send an assessor to inspect the site and review the decision to close the car park.
“Re-opening the car park on a temporary basis until the Receiver sells the overall property would greatly assist the local shops and their customers. In fact it would also reduce the risks of any anti-social behaviour on the car park site. Shop customers coming and going during the day would also reduce risk of damage to the buildings.
“It is vitally important that local politicians do everything that they can to help local businesses trade through the recession. I am delighted with the progress that has been made on this issue and will contact the Receiver and insurers again to hopefully bring it to a successful conclusion
Local Councillor, Barry Saul, said:

“As a local resident, it is vital that we support the local traders. I hope today’s meeting will bring a solution to the car parking issues facing the traders on Deerpark road

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